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Bloomington not blazing

On Thursday, the Komets (6-5-0) play host to the Bloomington Blaze (1-8-2).

How bad is the Blaze? Pretty bad.

It ranks last in defense (4.55 goals against per game) and 11th in offense (2.55 goals per game). The one thing is, you don't want to give the Blaze power plays. It ranks fourth with an efficiency of 23.4 percent, while it ranks eighth on the penalty kill at 80 percent.

Coincidentally, Quad City, which is 5-6-0, is 4-0-0 against the Blaze. Does that make you think a little differently of the Mallards?

By the way, as you may recall, the Komets defeated Evansville 4-3 in an overtime shootout Oct. 29.

There continues to be some dispute on the street about whether there was a proper interpretation of the rules that night, regarding Evansville not being able to use Todd Robinson, who had been the second shooter, in the 11th round.

As I said that night, the rules were properly enforced.

According to the rule book: "Each team will be given five shots, unless the outcome is determined earlier in the shootout. After each team has taken three shots, if the score remains tied, the shootout will proceed to a 'sudden

death' format. If the score shall remain tied through 10 shooters for each team, the order shall revert back to the first shooter, and proceed in the same order until one team takes the advantage with an equal number of shooters."

Justin A. Cohn, pro sports coordinator for The Journal Gazette, has been covering the Fort Wayne Komets since 1997. His reporting includes game stories from home and away, features about the players and personalities associated with the Komets, plus coverage of issues affecting hockey at all levels. A native of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., Cohn graduated from Emory University in Atlanta. He can be reached at 260-461-8429 or by email at